Haircuts for charity
D'Amico Hair Lounge of Brandon will hold a HopeCuts fundraiser from noon to 4 p.m. May 17 at 1923 W State Road 60. Stylists will give haircuts and other salon services at reduced rates to raise research money for breast cancer, pediatric cancer and HIV/AIDS at City of Hope National Medical Center and Beckman Research Institute. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (813) 661-8919.
County will award neighborhood grants
Hillsborough County is accepting applications from neighborhoods for grants of up to $1,500 for improvement projects in fiscal year 2010. Past grants have gone toward community festivals, beautification projects, playground equipment, safety programs, Web sites and newsletters. All areas in the county are eligible. Applications are available at www.hillsboroughcounty.org and are due July 24. For more information, call (813) 272-5860.
Meeting on traffic along Montara Drive
Hillsborough County will hold a public meeting to discuss traffic problems on Montara Drive, from Kingsway Road to Sagamore Street, at 6:30 p.m. Monday. The meeting will be at the Seffner-Mango Library, 410 N Kingsway Road. Speed humps are a possible solution, according to the county. For more information, call (813) 307-8384.
YMCA will host summer block party
The Brandon Family YMCA will host a summer block party and open house May 16 at 3097 S Kingsway Road, Seffner. The open house is 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will offer guests a chance to tour the facility and try out the services. The block party is 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will include food from Beef O'Brady's, drumming with Jana from Drum Magic, crafts, a bounce house, a swim-lesson clinic and a basketball clinic. For more information, call (813) 685-5402.
Contest measures kids' Lego skills
Kids, it's time to put your Lego building skills to the test. TechPlayzone will host its annual Lego contest from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 16. The contest is free and open to children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Participants should bring their constructed creation to the science and technology center, 13208 Boyette Road, Riverview. There also will be a Scratch Programming contest for kids in kindergarten through seventh grade. For more information, call (813) 684-7329 or go to www.techplayzone.com.
Southern rock music jam is set for May 16
The Annual Southern Rock Volunteer Music Jam is 7 p.m. May 16 at Cattleman's Building, 6404 County Road 39 S, Plant City. Proceeds benefit Protect Children Inc. of Brandon, a child abuse and kidnapping prevention services agency. There will be live music and catered food. Admission is $10. Kids under 12 get in free.
African Violet Society welcomes visitors
Visitors are welcome to the Tampa African Violet Society's meeting at 10 a.m. May 15 at the Brandon Community Center, 502 E Sadie St. The group will repot and groom African violets for show, as well as offer tips to those in attending. There also will be a plant raffle. For more information, call (813) 681-1910.
East Bay High School will present 'Annie'
The East Bay High School Theater Department presents the musical Annie on Thursday , May 15 and May 16. Showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 7 p.m. at the school's auditorium, 7710 Big Bend Road, Gibsonton. Tickets are $4 for students and $6 for adults. To reserve seats, call (813) 671-5134, ext. 271.